Go Paddle Event Profile: 5th Annual Triple Crown of the Upper Keys, Key Largo, FL

Date

September 17, 2016

Location

Key Largo, FL

Can you describe the different races and courses?

Saturday rounds 1 & 2

Round 1 – Flying mile – 11:00 AM start. Mass paddle out to the start and the finish line will be back at the beach. NO DRAFTING FOR THIS EVENT! This will be run by class. Classes to be run in the following order: 14’ Men, 12’6” women’, 12’6” Men, Open Class Men, Open Class Women, Other

12:00 – 2:00 Lunch and demo time.

Round 2 – PADDLE 88 BoardX Challenge – 2:00 start. This will be a short race but with lots of twists and turns to challenge your board handling skills. Part obstacle and part sprint with a lot of buoy turns thrown in for good measure. We will run the classes separately for this event. This event will be held on Yolo Hammerhead boards that PADDLE! Will supply. Contact and close racing will be exciting for all.

5:30 pm Round 1&2 awards ceremony

Saturday night party on the beach. Bring your drums, or other instruments and a beach chair and hang out on PADDLE 88 Beach. Have dinner right at the restaurant.

Sunday

Around the world course. With a 10:00am start, we will be doing a course which will be 10 miles long. Open Class racers will be doing a 3 mile course. The long course will take in some famous sites like Cowpens Cut and the infamous Toilet Seat Pass.

What kind of paddling settings and conditions will racers face?

Flat, clear water. See the bottom the whole time!

What makes your event great? What will paddlers love about coming to your event?

We have an onsite bar and restaurant. The paddling venue is superb with shallow water full of wildlife. Also, who doesn’t want to spend a weekend in the Keys? Kick your shoes off and stretch out on a beach chair in between events.

Go Paddle Race 5th Annual Triple Crown of the Upper Keys

 

Where can people get paddle gear like PFDs and Hydration packs?

At our onsite store.

Are there paddleboard rentals available and if yes, where? Contact info?

Yes. Contact me at [email protected]

Go Paddle Race 5th Annual Triple Crown of the Upper Keys

Where can people buy groceries?

There is a Winn Dixie 3 miles from the race venue.

Where can people stay? Do you have a hotel you can recommend and contact info?

Onsite hotel: Lookout Lodge www.lookoutlodge.com; close by-Creekside Inn www.mycreeksideinn.com; Near by -condominium rental Ocean Pointe Suites www.providentresorts.com

What great local restaurants can you recommend?

Onsite: Marker 88; across the street Fresh Press – healthy foods and juices;also across the street “Meat”- best burgers in the Keys.

Where is the best coffee in town?

Fresh Press Cafe across the street.

Go Paddle Race 5th Annual Triple Crown of the Upper Keys

Website
https://paddleguru.com/races/TripleCrownoftheUpperKeys

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/events/931063676984472/

Instagram
https://www.Instagram.com/paddlethefloridakeys/

 

Lisa
Lisa is managing editor of PaddleMonster.com and is an avid paddler of all the things - including sup, SurfSki, outrigger canoe and prone, though she especially enjoys paddle surfing and downwinding. She is a former journalist with more than 30 years experience in print and broadcast journalism and in government communications. She is a six-time Chattajack finisher, racing both sup and OC2. When not paddling, she is an outdoor instructor.

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